April 1, 2008
Re: State Budget Cuts Restoration Update
Today in Trenton, the Assembly Budget Committee heard from League Second Vice President, Mayor Jim Anzaldi of Clifton, and League Past President, Mayor Dave DelVecchio of Lambertville. This was the sixth and final open public hearing on the Governor’s budget proposal. And it marks the sixth consecutive time that Mayors from throughout the State have presented testimony outlining the adverse impact this budget will have on municipal government. The League’s leadership, executive board members and mayors from throughout the state gave detailed examples of how this budget will adversely impact the quality of life in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. You can visit the League’s website at http://www.njslom.org/budget-testimony.html for copies of their testimony.
Also on our website at http://www.njslom.org/2009-budget-news-articles.html you’ll find over 100 news clips form our state’s major newspapers and home town weeklies. As reported therein, the Governor is now discussing the possibility of phasing-in at least some of the cuts. This is a departure from his original proposal and from earlier remarks. We will keep you posted on this. But, for now and for the foreseeable future, there is no reason to relax our efforts.
If you have not yet done so, consider submitting a letter to our Mayors Sound Off site at http://www.njslom.org/mayor-budget-comments.html. Meanwhile, we will continue our efforts in working with county leagues of municipalities and county mayors groups to assist them in their grass roots lobbying. We are also developing lists of issues and legislative suggestions to remove mandates and will make that available in due course.
This effort to influence State budget deliberations and to restore the funding cuts is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to stay focused. And we need to stay unified.
Thanks to all of you for all of your efforts on this.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.